Microsoft IT Academy Program (ITA)
OSPI and Microsoft have partnered to provide the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) to all Washington high schools. Microsoft ITA will bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work. It will boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education statewide and the employability and global competitiveness of students and future workforce. The Microsoft IT Academy program provides training and certification in a number of Microsoft products, as well as advanced topics, including programming, Web development, and database development.
Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications
OSPI has partnered with CCI Learning Solutions to provide free Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams to students, faculty and staff at high schools across Washington State.
With the launch of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office Specialist exams are more popular than ever. A Microsoft Office Specialist certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2010 and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on some of the latest Microsoft technologies.
Earn a Microsoft Certification to enhance career development path and growth opportunities
Achieving a Microsoft Certification is a great way for educators to stay current in their technology areas and for students to enter the IT workforce with proven technical skills.
According to the Annual Microsoft Certification Program Survey, 51 percent of hiring managers use / consider certification as hiring criteria. Microsoft Certification exams measure one’s ability to perform real-world tasks. These rigorous exams go well beyond testing product knowledge. Test takers are presented with situations in which they must apply their knowledge, analyze technical solutions, solve problems, and make decisions.
Microsoft Technology Associate Certification (MTA)
OSPI has partnered with CCI Learning Solutions to provide a pool of Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams to students, faculty and staff at high schools across Washington State.